Definition of extravagance in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstravəɡ(ə)ns/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈstravəɡ(ə)ns/


[mass noun]
1Lack of restraint in spending money or using resources: his reckless extravagance with other people’s money
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  • Peter Stringer has occasionally been charged with a lack of extravagance behind the scrum, but his antennae are never down.
  • In reckless extravagance he outdid the prodigals of all times in ingenuity… and set before his guests loaves and meats of gold, declaring that a man ought either to be frugal or be Caesar.
  • While always treating James with deference, Cecil urged him to curtail his extravagance and also to restrain his partiality for Scots advisers and companions.
1.1 [count noun] A thing on which too much money has been spent or which has used up too many resources: salmon trout is an unnecessary extravagance
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  • Until the very end he was famous for extravagances and spent millions on yachts, helicopters, planes and homes around the world, including an $11m apartment in New York whose furnishings are the source of his current tax problems.
  • The schools barely have enough money for a fully equipped football team, and they certainly have no money for extravagances like bus yards.
  • Lottery money has to be sought, not for luxuries or extravagances, but to maintain parks and public areas.
luxury, indulgence, self-indulgence, comfort, treat, extra, non-essential, frill, refinement
1.2Excessive elaboration: the extravagance of the decor
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  • But to get back to the question of a gay sensibility: cliche has us believe that amongst its ingredients are flamboyance, showiness, excess and extravagance.
  • They seem to be giant physical manifestations of a kind of extravagance, or excessiveness, a breaking out of boundaries, form, and structure.
  • The degree of excess and extravagance seemed over the top in even the most subdued tiki bar.
ornateness, elaborateness, decoration, embellishment, adornment, ornamentation, showiness;
overstatement, ostentation, exaggeration, over-elaborateness
excessiveness, exaggeration, exaggeratedness, unreservedness, outrageousness, immoderation;
preposterousness, absurdity, irrationality, recklessness, wildness;
excess, overkill, lack of restraint/reserve



Pronunciation: /ɪkˈstravəɡ(ə)nsi/
Pronunciation: /ɛkˈstravəɡ(ə)nsi/
Example sentences
  • Looking back at it, I realize clearly that in my circumstances this has been criminal extravagancy.
  • It was only occasionally that she would experience their extravagancy and that was only when she was in the rare presence of her globetrotting father.
  • They could not enjoy such extravagancies while their people were starving in their oil rich homeland.


Mid 17th century: from French, from medieval Latin extravagant- 'diverging greatly', from the verb extravagari (see extravagant).

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